Saturday, April 27, 2013

End of the Year - Blog Hop

Welcome to the Calming the Chaos Blog Hop hosted by 2peasandadog.
All of us bloggers have come together to share our top tips for making the last month of school run smoothly. Visit each of our blogs to learn something new and catch a freebie or two!
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I definitely have a love/hate relationship with the end of the school year. Of course I love the sunny weather and who can't use a break by June?! However, I hate how the academic push ends in May. Ideally, I would have my kids working hard and learning new things until the very last day of school. (I know, I am such a mean teacher!)

Unfortunately, with standardized testing happening in early May, kids (and some teachers) don't see the point in working hard into June.

I have been reading a really interesting book called Crazy Like a Fox about a principal who took over a failing charter school in California. In order to get his struggling students to achieve he used a lot of new policies and procedures - some more controversial than others.

I was really excited about one of his ideas in particular. His teachers got an entire year of academics into the space between September and state testing. This was beneficial to the kids because they had seen every topic that would appear on the state test.

After the state test the school didn't slow down at all. Instead, they began the work for the next year. As a kid I would have been so excited about becoming a 6th grader (or 7th grader etc...) early.

I won't be using this idea this year because I am teaching 7th grade science (no state test and no clear differentiation between 7th grade and 8th grade work), but if I am lucky enough to get into an elementary classroom next year this is definitely something I will try to integrate.
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4 comments:

  1. This is great! Thank you for the book recommendation! Unfortunately, we're testing until the 2nd to last day of school this year (seriously!). But in the future, it will be great to challenge the students at the end of the year.

    Liz S.
    beachteach5.blogspot.com

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  2. I am a complete fan of this push! We all need to be going this. I'm your newest follower.

    Follow me at Mrs. Harris Teaches Science


    Cheers,
    Mrs. Harris

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  3. Hi! I just found your blog through the hop, I'm your newest follower!

    ✿Sue✿
    Science for Kids Blog

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  4. Wow--that's a pretty interesting idea. I, too, always feel extremely pressured in May to get everything done (on top of testing, concerts, field trips, etc.) It's a zoo at our school right now! Best of luck with your end of the year and with getting a class you like! Your newest follower The Learning Lab

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